Skyrim Kinect Update to Support Multiple Languages

By Michelle Balsan, 4 years ago
Just yesterday, it was revealed that Kinect support would be coming to Bethesda's mega-hit RPG, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Now, we have a couple more details to share. We knew for sure that the ability to use Dragon Shouts, hotkey equipping, and menu options would be available via Kinect integration, but what we did not know until now is that it will be available in five languages.

In ten days, the new Kinect functionality will arrive in English. Shortly thereafter, French, Italian, German, and Spanish editions will be released as well.

Pete Hines, vice president of marketing and public relations for Bethesda, shared some thoughts behind adding Kinect functionality in an exclusive interview with

When you do things, like when you are on the map, you uncover a lot of map markers and quests to go to a particular place. [With Kinect] you can use voice commands to do things very easily, to jump to different cities on the map. Even doing things in inventory like sorting by weight, by value -- that functionality doesn't exist in 'Skyrim' as it is. With Kinect, it unlocks a lot of new options.
You'll be able to live out your dream of shouting commands with all the epic weight you feel appropriate and having something actually happen (other than your family/pets giving you odd looks) on April 23rd in English. Other languages will follow soon.
Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.